Jazz band pays homage to late jazz legend Dave Brubeck in winter concert

Jazz groups performing in “An Evening of Jazz” on Dec. 8 paid homage to recently deceased jazz legend Dave Brubeck and Sir John Lennon on the 32nd anniversary of his death. Before a packed Rugby auditorium, Performing Arts teacher Shawn Costantino conducted the Jazz Ensemble, Studio Jazz Band and Jazz Band in the annual winter […]

Jazz groups honor late jazz legend Brubeck, Lennon in winter show

Jazz groups performing in “An Evening of Jazz” on Dec. 8 paid homage in their program to recently deceased jazz legend Dave Brubeck and John Lennon on the 32nd anniversary of his death. Before a packed Rugby auditorium, Performing Arts teacher Shawn Costantino conducted the Jazz Ensemble, Studio Jazz Band and Jazz Band in the annual winter […]

Jazz ensembles to play in Rugby tonight

Upper school jazz groups will perform in the Winter Jazz Concert tonight at 7 p.m. in Rugby Auditorium. Jazz Ensemble, Studio Jazz Band and Jazz Band will play “big band” tunes in what members are unofficially calling “A Night of Jazz and Hannukah,” Jazz Band pianist Sam Lyons ’13 said. “Big band is a lot more […]

Unexpected twists cause jazz concert improvisations

By Julie Barzilay Jazz Ensemble, Studio Jazz Band and Jazz Band classes filled Rugby Auditorium with rhythm and blues on April 30 in a jazz concert that was the culmination of a full semester of rehearsal and music-making. “We played all kinds of music: Duke Ellington, local LA composers, Cole Porter,” performing arts teacher Shawn […]

Renowned jazz artist visits classes

By David Burton and Jordan Freisleben Jazz classes instructed by music teacher Shawn Costantino were taught for a day by a world-renowned jazz musician. The classes performed various songs from their upcoming winter concert for Marcus Miller, (Julian ’09) who recently returned from touring in Europe and Asia. After observing the classes perform, Miller taught […]

Jazzin' it up

By Austin Block Jordan Butler ’11 and Casper Stockwell ’10 raised their hands in celebration after successfully completing their solos at the jazz concert in Rugby Auditorium on Dec. 7. The first jazz concert of the year featured the Studio Jazz, Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band classes as well as a few smaller combos. It […]

Winter jazz concert features new age jazz and standards

By Billy Goulston Lasting upwards of three hours, the upper school winter jazz concert featured new-age jazz-rooted hip-hop, like Herbie Hancock’s “Rockit,” and jazz standards such as Duke Ellington’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” The concert consisted of both the three big bands, Jazz Ensemble, Studio Jazz Band and Jazz Band, and the two top combos, the […]

Jazz students to feature student–composed pieces

By Jonathan Lerner The first jazz concert under new Director of Jazz Studies Shawn Costantino will feature three premiere pieces Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. in Rubgy Theater. “This concert is meant to introduce the new era in jazz at Harvard-Westlake,” Costantino said. The emphasis in the performance will be shared by six groups, including […]